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Taiwan’s PChome and Japan’s Rakuten join forces
網家、日本樂天攜手 日貨直送上門

PChomestore chairman Jan Hung-tze, left, and president of Rakuten’s Asia operations Hiroshi Takasawa hold a news conference on March 14 in Taipei.
網家董事長詹宏志(左)與日本樂天集團亞太區總裁高澤廣志,三月十四日於台北的記者會合影。

Photo courtesy of PChome
照片:網家提供

Direct delivery from Japan and cross-border trade between Taiwan and Japan has just become a whole lot easier. Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc and Taiwanese e-commerce operator PChome Online Inc have signed a cooperation agreement to pool their respective membership bases and services. This will enable the establishment of a unified reward system, which will combine PChome’s “P-coin” and Rakuten’s “Super Points,” allowing customers to accumulate and redeem reward points using a single system. Under the agreement, cross-border trade will be expanded to promote a Taiwan-Japan strategic alliance.

According to PChomestore chairman Jan Hung-tze, he established the e-commerce Web site pcstore.com.tw in 2004, several years before China’s Tmall, having observed the Rakuten model for a period of five years. Jan says the Web site has a 10 million-strong member base in Taiwan and has been looking to expand overseas. President of Rakuten’s Asia operations, Hiroshi Takasawa, says Taiwan is an extremely important market for the company.

Rakuten and PChomestore started collaborating six months ago by allowing PChome’s “P-coin” and Rakuten’s “Super Points” to be accumulated and used together, and expanding e-commerce trade between Taiwan and Japan. This means that Taiwanese customers can use the ruten.com Web site to get a taste of what is currently trending in Japan and, through a Chinese-language interface, purchase items using their local currency. The system also allows Taiwanese customers to enjoy direct shipping from Japan, in addition to other Rakuten e-commerce services.

Benefits provided by Rakuten’s Taiwan credit card can be accumulated when making purchases on the PChome Web site, and PChome will make Rakuten’s Kobo e-Reader available on its PChome24h Web site and provide a nationwide, 24hr delivery service. Rakuten and PChome will also team up their logistics operations in Taiwan.

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. cooperation agreement phr.

合作協議 (he2 zuo4 xie2 yi4)

2. accumulate v.

累積 (lei3 ji1)

3. collaborate v.

合作 (he2 zuo4)

4. e-commerce phr.

電商 (dian4 shang1)

5. get a taste of phr.

體驗 (ti3 yan4)

6. feel an affinity toward phr.

情有獨鍾 (qing2 you3 du2 zhong1)


PChome’s Jan says he feels an affinity toward Rakuten’s business model and opened negotiations with the company in 2009 to discuss possible areas for collaboration. Jan traveled to Japan to meet with Rakuten’s founder Hiroshi Mikitani, but at the time the overall terms of the agreement were not fully hammered out. However, in light of Rakuten’s ever-expanding range of services, both sides have now agreed to embark upon an initial phase of collaboration, combining their respective membership bases and reward schemes.

Once the two companies formalize their collaboration, it will be possible for Japanese goods to be directly shipped to Taiwan by Rakuten shop owners in Japan, making cross-border trade much simpler.

(Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times)

日貨直送,台日跨境交易變簡單了。日本樂天集團已與PChome網路家庭簽訂合作協議,利用雙方會員數和服務,進一步建立P幣和樂天超級點數互相累積和兌換機制,衝點數經濟,也將同步擴展台日跨境線上交易,推動台日策略聯盟。

網家董事長詹宏志強調,他在觀察樂天模式五年後,二○○四年成立商店街,幾年後中國的天貓才成立。網家在台有千萬會員,盼服務跨出台灣。日本樂天集團亞洲區總裁高澤廣志表示,台灣對樂天來說,是一個非常重要的市場。

樂天與網家是在六個月前開啟此次合作,PChome的P幣與樂天的樂天超級點數可相互累積使用,也將同步擴展台日之間的跨境線上交易,台灣消費者將可透過露天拍賣網站,體驗與日本同步流行、中文介面購買、在地金流、日本直送等跨境電商服務。

此外,台灣樂天信用卡優惠將同步在PChome的購物網站上使用,PChome也將在PChome24h購物銷售樂天的Kobo電子書閱讀器,並提供全台保證二十四小時送貨服務,樂天在台的物流也會跟網家合作。

詹宏志表示,他對樂天模式情有獨鍾,二○○九年就跟樂天談過合作,也去日本見了樂天創辦人三木谷浩史,但當時整體條件沒有那麼完備;隨著樂天有越來越多服務,雙方第一階段先把會員跟點數串接起來。

網家與樂天合作後,未來日貨會從日本店家直送台灣,跨境交易將變得更簡單。

(自由時報記者廖千瑩)

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1. Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc’s founder, Hiroshi Takasawa, held a joint news conference with Taiwan’s PChome Online Inc last month in Taipei.

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